Property Details

1321 Bay Street,Alameda

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Sold $2,685,000 (List price: $1,495,000) - Single Family Home
4233 square feet5 Bedrooms2 Bathrooms1 Car Garage Print this page

A stately Colonial Revival with an historic pedigree, 1321 Bay Street is a beautifully maintained 5BD/2BA, 4,233 sq ft home on arguably the most coveted block in Alameda’s sought after Gold Coast neighborhood. This distinguished home retains its period elegance with coved and coffered ceilings, burnished redwood paneling and oak floors, pocket doors, and vintage sconces – all blending seamlessly with many stylish modern upgrades. The home includes a formal dining room, remodeled and updated kitchen and baths, a luminous sunroom, and an expansive basement rec room/family room. A large deck overlooks the gated rear yard and – a rarity in Alameda – a sparkling pool! The home also includes a laundry area and a detached single-car garage with driveway for tandem parking.

Centrally located near Franklin Park and School, the home is moments from Park and Webster Street amenities, beaches, cafes, and the SF ferry. With a walkability score of 88 and a biking score of 77, this home offers the best of Alameda living.

From the traditional pillared porch of this stunning home, the front door – flanked by leaded glass panels – opens onto a spacious foyer with warm redwood paneling, coffered ceiling, and vintage sconces operated by the push-button switches of by-gone era. Pocket doors to one side open to reveal a light-filled living room with corner windows and a Victorian-era redwood fireplace with brass filigree and tile inset.

To the other side of the foyer, a second pocket door opens onto a formal dining room with coffered ceiling and an original brick and stone fireplace flanked by period built in hutches with display shelves for serving pieces or favorite collectibles. On one side, a wide bay window creates a sunny alcove that might embrace a vintage-style settee.

An expanse of stone countertops in the modern kitchen provides an excellent surface for meal prep, and abundant cabinets and drawers provide storage. The kitchen also features a 5-burner gas cooktop, Bosch dishwasher, and convenient wall oven, and the adjoining breakfast nook is perfect for casual meals. At the far end of the kitchen is a windowed sitting area – a cozy spot to curl up in a comfy chair to soak up the sun.

Off the kitchen is a spacious railed deck ideal for morning coffee or alfresco dining. The deck overlooks the expansive gated rear yard with its verdant lawn, large patio, and mature landscaping including lemon trees, flowering camellia bushes and a variety of green shrubs. At the center of the yard is a rare bonus in Alameda – a sparkling swimming pool!
On the main level are three bedrooms – each with their own charming features. The primary bedroom enjoys a coved ceiling and a series of windows that fill the room with natural light. This room includes two closets, one a huge walk-in. The second bedroom is tucked into a gracious bay window beneath a coved ceiling and includes a large closet. At the back of the home, overlooking the yard, the third bedroom enjoys a wall of large windows and might serve as a sunroom or home office.

The three bedrooms share a large and stylishly remodeled bath with a walk-in shower and separate tub with decorative tile surround. A stone-topped vanity and linen closet provide ample storage.

Downstairs, the finished basement nearly doubles the square footage of the home. On this level are two generous bedrooms with large front windows, a remodeled bath with shower over tub, and a huge common area that might serve as a rumpus room for casual entertaining with multiple seating areas or as a rec room with ping-pong or billiards table. This level also has a laundry area and a separate entrance (possible ADU?).

​​Ideally situated in the coveted Gold Coast neighborhood, the home is near Franklin Park and School, as well as the best amenities Alameda has to offer. Elsewhere in the city, the small-town sensibility of Alameda is evident in its twice-weekly farmer’s market, picnic areas and summer concerts at Crab Cove, Crown Beach with its annual sandcastle competition, the longest 4th of July parade in the country, and twice-yearly art and wine fairs.